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"Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence"

Robin Lubbock / WBUR
Aired on Tuesday, January 23rd.

The small Vermont town of Norwich (population 3,000 or so) has quite possibly produced more Olympic athletes per capita than any other location in the United States. How has this community done so? What's their secret? Our guest on ST, Karen Crouse -- a sportswriter who's been on the staff of The New York Times since 2005 -- set out to answer this question. And her delightful new book reveals that answer; the book is "Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence." As Crouse tells us, while she began the project thinking that her work would eventually lead to "a sports book...the result is actually more of a parenting book." As was noted of "Norwich" by Publishers Weekly: "Short and sweet, this important book highlights what's wrong with youth sports by focusing on a community that gets it right." And further, from a starred review in Library Journal: "Brimming with community-building ideas that transcend sports, this book challenges the current over-extended, high-pressure world of youth athletics and provides the tools to help foster a positive, hometown-based alternative. Highly recommended."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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